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Albion Fellows Bacon Indiana's Municipal Housekeeper

by Robert G. Barrows

  • ISBN: 9780253337740
  • ISBN10: 0253337747

Albion Fellows Bacon Indiana's Municipal Housekeeper

by Robert G. Barrows

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780253337740
  • ISBN10: 0253337747
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Description: Born in Evansville, Indiana, in 1865, Albion Fellows was reared in the nearby hamlet of McCutchanville and graduated from Evansville High School. She worked for several years as a secretary and court reporter, toured Europe with her sister, married local merchant Hilary Bacon in 1888, and settled into a seemingly comfortable routine of middle-class domesticity. In 1892, however, she was afflicted with an illness that lasted for several years, an ailment that may have resulted from a real or perceived absence of outlets for her intelligence and creativity.

Bacon eventually found such outlets in a myriad of voluntary associations and social welfare campaigns. She was best known for her work on behalf of tenement reform and was instrumental in the passage of legislation to improve housing conditions in Indiana. She was also involved in child welfare, city planning and zoning, and a variety of public health efforts. Bacon became Indiana's foremost "municipal housekeeper", a Progressive Era term for women who applied their domestic skills to social problems plaguing their communities.

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